In your recent issue in the report of a lecture by a clergyman...

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In your recent issue in the report of a lecture by a clergyman on "Ourselves and Our Little Ways" there occurs the following sentence: "The Christian Scientist lived in an imaginary world when he tried to persuade himself that there was no pain or distress in the world." It is surprising to me that one in the lecturer's position should have such a superficial knowledge of his neighbor's religion as to do him the injustice his remark implies. The Christian Science church claims to be a healing church, and it would stultify itself if at the same time it were engaged in "persuading itself that there was no pain or distress in the world." The Christian Scientist acknowledges that pain and distress appear in the world of human experience. But while the lecturer thinks of them as actual physical and material conditions, bound up with the nature of things, the Christian Scientist regards them as springing from mental causes, manifested in the physical and material, but only as subjective states of a carnal mind and not in accord with the divine creation, which is spiritual. The Christian Scientist addresses himself, then, to the thought of the sufferer, and to the extent divine Truth and Love are understood and admitted, the discordant conditions disappear. It is because Christian Science is doing these things that it is growing so steadily all over the world.

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